11 Feb

Bridging Faith and Psychiatry

bipolardisordercoverA connection to faith has long been recognized as having a deeply profound impact on emotional well-being. Throughout history, a connection to a higher power has been the cornerstone of the resilience and empowerment.

Many studies reveal that when faith is included in wellness planning, individuals experience shorter recovery times, fewer hospitalizations and fewer relapses. A 2009 survey of individuals with mental health conditions and family members conducted by the California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative revealed that 88% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that faith is an essential component to their or their family member’s wellness.

A family elder is a first choice for many individuals in times of personal distress. During a given year, imams and family elders see more people than psychologists and psychiatrists combined.  As first responders, they play a compelling role in helping those in need.

Stigma is a significant barrier to accessing the needed support and care for individuals facing mental health concerns. Having a conversation with trusted elder who are aware of family concerns can improve mental wellness for individuals and families.

The assurance that mental health awareness is uplifted in the community often begins with elders. For this reason, partnering with families is a cornerstone of the approach we take at the Brunnen.

  1. Realize that mental health conditions are medical conditions that are very common.It is very likely that several families in your family are impacted by mental health in some way or another, which makes mental health a significant concern for the entire
  2. Mental health conditions are like all other medical conditions and should be treated as such. The individuals and families seeking your guidance deserve to have their needs addressed appropriatelyby a trained professional.
  3. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to offer their gifts, talents and strengths to the community. Individuals living with mental health concerns are valuable community members. Remind them of they are part of an incredible community and greatness lies in them!

Family elders should not replace trained mental health services providers, but work to support them. Elders should seek opportunities to collaborate and work together to help members of the community and their families.

01 Feb

Drug Addiction

Methamphetamine, perhaps the most potent and lethal drug the world has ever seen, is destroying families at a very fast pace. Manufactured in backyard make shift labs by individuals often referred to as “Meth Cooks” the drug has a market value of $28 Billion.

Methamphetamine is a very strong stimulant and intensifies wakefulness and physical activity. High levels of neurotransmitter dopamine into areas of the brain that controls pleasure are the actual after effects of rush that results from the dose. Large amounts of dopamine released as a result of long term abuse damages the nerve terminals in the brain.

Chronic Methamphetamine abuse can damage blood vessels and skin abscesses. Inflammation of the heart lining may occur with individual injecting the drug. Violent behavior, intense paranoia, confusion, anxiety and insomnia are some other after affects.

For many crystal meth addicts, the prospect of quitting the drug can be daunting or even terrifying – but don’t worry, there is hope. We at Brunen Clinic will help you break the shackles. We will provide you with all the medication to overcome the addiction of not just crystal meth but any drug. For once you can experience true mental wellness, instead of a chemical induced “feeling of well-being”.